IF YOU'VE ever eaten something at a charity event around Macarthur, chances are it came from the kitchen of Sue Roberts.
Mrs Roberts, who lives in Ingleburn and who failed home economics at high school, spends days preparing treats for good causes.
A mother of four and grandmother of three, she cooks and helps out at Macquarie Fields Public School, Ingleburn High School, and for countless local events run by charities such as Beautiful Minds, physical culture groups and the P & C co-operative.
Twenty kilograms of biscoti and hundreds of slices and cakes, cup cakes, fruit cakes or custard tarts coming out of her kitchen for an event isn't out of the ordinary. "It seems like every day there's something on and I have trouble saying no," Mrs Roberts said.
She cooks for a week before election days and has a stall at Macquarie Fields Public to raise money for the school. She reckons that she has raised $180,000 for the school over the years: "About $25,000 a year selling ice-blocks, Mother's Day and Father's Day presents and all the food sold."
For the past 15 years she's been told to start a catering business. So why does she spend all this time cooking for hundreds of people for free with a normal household oven, for days at a time?
"It's just good to see the things the schools can buy and the help charities can give to those who need it," she said.
Mrs Roberts also hopes to see more parents and grandparents getting behind their local schools and lending a hand. "P & Cs especially don't get the help they need," she said.
"For a barbecue coming up we only have two parent volunteers out of 700 kids at the school. We all want good things for the kids, but we can't get them without the funds and we can't do that without parents' help."